Native Student Opportunities

Students on Native American Day

In addition to the fantastic academic support services that Montana State University has to offer, there are a number of great clubs and organizations, research opportunities and extra-curricular opportunities for Native Students

American Indian Council: The AIC is great place to meet fellow native students, receive tutoring, get involved with the annual Pow-wow, and a home away from home.

American Indian Council Pow Wow: The 39th Annual Montana State University American Indian Council Pow Wow will be held April 11-12 at MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The MSU pow wow is one of the largest in Montana. Pow wow events are free and open to all. The pow wow begins at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, with the grand entry. There will also be grand entries at noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Dance and drum competitions with cash prizes are always a key feature of the event. Booths around the edge of the dance arena will offer the crafts of traditional artists and artisans throughout the pow wow.

American Indian Research Opportunities: A consortium of Montana's seven Tribal Colleges and Montana State University, dedicated to providing opportunities for American Indian students in career fields where they are significantly underrepresented.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES): The AISES mission is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines.

Bridging Tribal Colleges to MSU (BRIDGES): The program's objective is to build a seamless educational experience between the five reservation-based colleges and Montana State University.

Caring for Our Own Program: Based out of the College of Nursing, this program is designed to increase enrollment and graduation of Native American nurses.

Designing Our Community (DOC): For Native American students in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the northern Rockies and the northern Great Plains regions; to be a successful partner with Native American communities in developing the future workforce.

Diversity Awareness Office: To expose all students to diversity issues in the form of cultural events and workshops, and provide a venue for you to have a voice in creating fun and exciting opportunities

Engineering Minority Program (EMPower) is for those students interested in majoring in one of the ten degrees offered through the College of Engineering. The EMPower Student Center is located in the "heart" of the engineering complex in the College of Engineering, Roberts Hall 313.

Exc.e.ed: Career, Internship & Student Employment Services is pleased to offer the exc.e.ed grant program. The program is specifically designed to encourage MSU Bozeman students to seek out and participate in quality internships, foster career exploration and build upon academic studies. The goal is to help alleviate some of the financial burden associated with unpaid internships or internships where the student is asked to pay to participate.

Montana Apprenticeship Program (MAP): MAP is a structured, six-week, hands on summer research experience for both students and teachers under the direction of active science research mentors at Montana State University-Bozeman. The goal of the MAP is to increase the number of Native American and disadvantaged high school students who want to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math career fields.

Native American Studies: Home to the American Indian Council, the NAS department offers a minor is Native American Studies and a Master's in Native American Studies, in addition to scholarships and tutoring services.

Native Youth Preview Day is an exciting opportunity for Native students to visit campus and get an in-depth preview of life as a Montana State Bobcat! Prospective students will be able to explore MSU academics, extra-curricular activities, Native American student support services, talk with current students and much more.

Office of Student Success: The Office of Student Success is designed specifically with you (and your goal to graduate from MSU) in mind. From free tutoring, to evening study sessions before your big mid-term exams (with your favorite pizza pie), to earning points through our ChampChange program, to meeting with Student Success Advisors who can help you with your short term and career goals, we are here with your success in mind.

Tribal College Transfer Preview Day provides Native transfer students who are currently or have attended a Montana Tribal College with a fully funded trip to the MSU campus to learn about the transfer process, support programs, academic options, and much more. Food, lodging, transportation (carpooling required) are covered by the program. Space is limited, students must apply in order to be considered for the funding.